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Australian home market’s first test of the year

It’s the first big auction day of 2024 as the gap between apartment and house values widens

By Bronwyn Allen
Fri, Feb 2, 2024 9:51amGrey Clock 2 min

The Australian property market will undergo its first major test tomorrow when 1,700 capital city homes go under the hammer on the first significant auction day of the year. CoreLogic economist Kaytlin Ezzy said it will be the second biggest start to February on record behind 2022 when 1,779homes went to auction. In the country’s two biggest auction markets, there will be 608 auctions held in Melbourne and 591 in Sydney.

Ms Ezzy said auction clearance rates weakened to below-average levels toward the end of last year and tomorrow’s event would help set the pace for the pre-Easter selling season and provide a timely test of buyer demand.

She added: This week’s results could help indicate whether the weaker selling condition seen towards the end of last year has persisted into 2023 or if sentiment has lifted with earlier expectations of rate cuts following [this week’s] inflation update.

Australia’s median home value moved higher for the twelfth consecutive month in January, up 0.4 percent. This follows an 0.3 percent uplift in both November and December. However, price performance is mixed across the capital cities, with Perth once again delivering outstanding growth at 1.6 percent in January. CoreLogic research director, Tim Lawless explained:The western capital continues to see housing demand outweigh supply, helping to push values 16.7 percent higher over the past 12 months. Despite that, housing prices remain relatively affordable compared with most capital cities, with the median dwelling value sitting just under $677,000.”

Adelaide home values lifted 1.1 percent in January, Brisbane prices rose by 1 percent and Sydney values moved up 0.2 percent. Conversely, Hobart home values fell 0.7 percent, Canberra prices dipped 0.2 percent and Melbourne declined by 0.1 percent.

Mr Lawless noted that house prices across Australia continued to rise faster than apartments. The price gap is now at a new record high of 45.2 percent. House values across the capital cities lifted by 0.5 percent in January, equivalent to about $4,800 in value, while apartments lifted 0.1 percent, or about $900 in value. “Since the commencement of the upswing, capital city house values have surged 11 percent higher while unit values are up 6.9 percent,” Mr Lawless said. It seems that most Australians are willing to pay a higher premium than ever for a detached home.”

Sales volumes remain elevated, with CoreLogic estimating 115,241 dwellings were sold over the three months ending January, which was 11.9 percent higher than the same time last year.Despite ongoing cost of living pressures, high interest rates, low consumer sentiment and affordability constraints, homes are still selling, Mr Lawless said. Housing demand has been buoyed by high migration, but also tight rental markets that have probably incentivised renters to transition towards home ownership if they can afford to do so.



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By Bronwyn Allen
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Home values across Australia rose by a median 8 percent in FY24, delivering the equivalent of $59,000 in new capital growth to the two-thirds of the population that owns a home, according to CoreLogic data. Investors received total returns of 12.2 percent over the year, including capital gains and gross rental income.

Very tight supply and demand in most capital cities except Melbourne and Hobart was a significant driver of the capital growth, with the smaller and more affordable capital cities of Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide experiencing the most price appreciation over the year. A lack of properties for sale trumped the usual dampening effect of higher interest rates.

As usual, some areas outperformed their city’s median growth benchmark. Here are the top SA3 areas for capital growth in each capital city of Australia in FY24. SA3 areas are large suburbs, or districts incorporating clusters of suburbs, with more than 20,000 residents.

 

Sydney

Home values across Sydney rose by a median 6.3 percent in FY24. The No. 1 area for growth was Mount Druitt. Its median value rose by 13.96 percent to $859,939. Mount Druitt is located 33km west of the CBD. It incorporates the suburbs of Mount Druitt, Ropes Crossing, Whalan and Minchinbury. The Mount Druitt community is very multicultural with almost one in two residents born overseas. It is home to many young families, with the median age of residents being 33 compared to the NSW median of 39.

 

Melbourne

Home values across Melbourne rose by a median 1.3 percent in FY24. The top area for capital growth was Moreland-North with 4.71 percent growth. This took the district’s median home value to $746,488. Moreland-North includes the suburbs of Hadfield, Pascoe Vale and Glenroy. It’s a multicultural community with a particularly large contingent of residents with Italian ancestry. One or both parents of 66 percent of residents were born overseas, according to the 2021 Census.

 

Brisbane

Home values across Brisbane rose by a median 15.8 percent in FY24. The No. 1 area for growth was Springwood-Kingston in Logan City. Its median value swelled by 25.55 percent to $710,569. Springwood-Kingston is approximately 22km south of Brisbane CBD. It incorporates the suburbs of Springwood, Kingston, Rochedale South and Slacks Creek. It is a multicultural community with one or both parents of 55 percent of the residents born overseas, according to the 2021 Census. More than 15 percent of residents have Irish or Scottish ancestry.

 

Adelaide

Home values across Adelaide rose by a median 15.4 percent in FY24. The best area for capital growth was Playford in Playford City. Its median value soared by 19.94 percent to $530,991. Playford is approximately 40km north of Adelaide. It incorporates the suburbs of Elizabeth Downs, Elizabeth Grove, Angle Vale and Virginia. It is home to many young people under the age of 40. The median age of residents is 33 compared to the state median of 41.

 

Perth 

Home values across Perth rose by a median 23.6 percent in FY24. The No. 1 area for growth was Kwinana in Kwinana City. Its median value skyrocketed by 33.19 percent to $618,925. Kwinana is approximately 37km south of Perth CBD. It includes the suburbs of Leda, Medina, Casuarina and Mandogalup. Henderson Naval Base is located here and there is a significant community of servicemen and ex-servicemen living in the area. It is home to many young families, with the median age of residents being 33 compared to the state median of 38.

 

Canberra

Home values across the nation’s capital rose by a median 2.2 percent in FY24. The best area for capital growth was Weston Creek. Its median value rose by 5.24 percent to $937,740. Weston Creek is approximately 13km south-west of the CBD. It includes the suburbs of Weston Creek, Holder, Duffy, Fisher and Chapman. Approximately 43 percent of residents have a bachelor’s degree, which is on par with the ACT median but much higher than the national median of 26 percent. Household incomes are about 35 percent higher than the national median. Almost one in five residents work in government administration jobs.

 

Hobart

Home values across Hobart fell 0.1 percent in FY24. The top performing area for capital gains was Sorell-Dodges Ferry with 2.78 percent growth. This took the area’s median home value to $615,973. Sorell-Dodges Ferry is approximately 25km north-west of Hobart. It incorporates the suburbs of Richmond, Sorell, Dodges Ferry, Carlton and Primrose Sands. The area has a large community of baby boomers and retirees, with the median age of residents being 43 compared to the Australian median of 38.

 

Darwin

Home values across Darwin rose by a median 2.4 percent in FY24. The No. 1 area for growth was Litchfield. Its median value moved 3.21 higher to $672,003. Litchfield is about 37km south-east of Darwin and includes the suburbs of Humpty Doo, Acacia Hills and Southport.  It has a high proportion of middle-aged residents, with the median age being 39 compared to the territory median of 33. About 12 percent of residents are Indigenous Australians. The biggest industries are government administration and defence. Median household incomes are about 35 percent higher than the national median.

 

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